Another week of WWE programming has passed, and there are quite a few standout performers. Let’s dig into the list.
Just Missing the Cut
Dolph Ziggler: He hasn’t really had much to do, and with Drew McIntyre having a huge part in the GM storyline, he fell to the wayside. This week, he came out to confront McIntyre and even gave Drew his first singles loss (with the assist from Balor). If he’d won without help, Ziggler would’ve cracked the list.
Matt Riddle: NXT’s newest sensation is the last of the honorable mentions this week. He took on the debuting Punishment Martinez and beat him in a competitive match. Riddle is taking the WWE universe by storm, and his upcoming feud with Kassius Ohno is sure to be hard hitting, so expect to see Riddle on this list in the coming weeks.
#5. Sonya Deville: A pinfall on Charlotte Flair will get you a spot on this list the majority of the time. Yes, it came off a kick from Asuka, but a victory over Charlotte shows how much confidence the company has in her. She and Mandy Rose got the win, so it’ll be interesting to see where they go from here.
#4. Finn Balor: The leader of Balor Club gets the fourth spot on this list for his role in upstaging Corbin and his crew on Monday night. With McIntyre going after Balor leading up to TLC, will Balor continue to get one up on the group of heels?
3#. Dean Ambrose: The Lunatic Fringe comes in at number three for the promo he put out. I’m still not 100% sold on the germaphobe gimmick, but so far it has worked. The gas mask and the idea of Rollins needing to pay for his sins has me intrigued. At this moment, I’m not entirely sure who will be walking out of TLC with the Intercontinental Championship.
#2. Aleister Black: Coming in at number two is the former NXT champion, Aleister Black. He came out to confront current NXT champion Tommaso Ciampa and challenge him. The segment ended with a future cage match between Aleister and Johnny Gargano. To put an exclamation mark on the promo, Black hit Ciampa with a Black Mass, knocking him out. Black is on a mission and he is not going to let anyone stand in his way.
#1. Daniel Bryan: The brand new WWE champion gets the number 1 spot. His mic skills and the brutal beat down on AJ Styles after his match with The Miz have Daniel Bryan starting his reign on a great note. He made his reasons 100% clear, and he came off great as the douchebag vegan. If he continues like this, it’ll be hard to dethrone him from the top spot.
That’s my top five for the week of Dec. 3-9. Check back next week to see who makes the cut and who fell out the top spots.